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Bias pants article

LeeV | Posted in General Discussion on

There is an article in this month’s Threads that illustrates very nice bias pants I’d like to try.  I haven’t yet because when I do the math as instruc ted, the width would not be enough to go around my hips.   Does anyone have any thoughts on this?  Or am I reading it wrong.


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Bias Pants; Threads issue 166

    This intrigued me as well.  My math skills are basic and, thankfully so are the instructions.

    I agree with you regarding the size of the tube; the model is very thin!  I was once that thin....around the age of 8.

    I have been participating in a discussion about this article at PatternReview - those who commented, either just don't get the theory or have not read the article.   I don't know how anyone who loves to sew can do without Threads!

    One commented that it was how quilters make continuous bias binding.  I can see this when you shift  A to C.  However, the quilter marks the bias binding width first, then after sewing, leaves the tube askew and starts cutting at the first width mark closest to A.  

    So, if the pants do not appear to work for the reader, it may still be a good way to make continuous bias binding quilter or not. 

    1. moogie | | #3

      I tried it even though I doubted the math and it was too small.  I like the idea.  Any ideas on how to make it work?  What if AB doesn't equal AC?  How about moving C so it's more like the measurement of the width?

      Success!!  Move point C farther along the long side of the rectangle.  The measurement is the same as the width of the rectangle.  This makes the bias tube large enough.

  2. amm | | #2

    Bias Pants

    It’s deceiving. While the width of the RECTANGLE that you start with may seem small, the width of the TUBE will be considerably different. You didn’t indicate your thigh, hip, or pant length, so I can’t calculate it for you. If you want to try this concept to help get your head around what’s happening, take a piece of graph paper and measure out the rectangle size that your measurements suggest. Then follow the directions to make a tube. Use adhesive tape to “stitch” the sides of the tube as you form it. The squares on the graph paper will help you see the bias that results, and you’ll be able to determine the actual circumference of the finished tube. It seems complicated at first, but actually, it’s relatively easy, and the results are amazing. If you have trouble folding the graph paper because it’s too stiff, try using a paper towel rectangle. Decide on a formula (1/4 inch of paper towel = 1 inch of measurement—or whatever seems to work well with your paper towel) to keep the dimensions accurate. Paper towels are a more flexible and easier to mold than paper. Be sure to draw a few grain lines on the paper towel before you begin.

    April Mohr, Threads Editorial Department

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